Inspiration Happens

More about creativity and artistic process

It was awkward drawing the underlying icons for the painting from the ‘My Niche‘ post. The paper had a rough finish, I was using a pen that had permanent ink and I was anxious about making a mistake. Consequently, the ‘cloud’ formation I drew only had four lobes. When I am feeling more relaxed, I draw many more lobes. It makes for fluffier looking clouds.

Here is the painting from that post:

abstract expressionist watercolor with top half in black and white and bottom in color

and the detail to which I refer:

Detail of previous painting, Barrier #3 (from post entitled "My Niche"

Today’s experiment

The cloud icon pictured above was my inspiration for today’s experiment. When I look at it, it does not remind me of a cloud. I decided to re-draw this image on a larger scale. Also, I wanted to use a smooth paper so I could draw a little more freely. This is not to say that I did not have the same anxiety about drawing. A 9×12 piece of watercolor paper is intimidating when one is holding a 1mm permanent ink pen in one’s hand.

I was also nervous about washing the area surrounding the figure. The hot pressed paper is sensitive to hesitation marks in my experience. So I had to balance the need to hurry along versus the need to be careful at the borders.

Here is today’s study, which I call ‘Sorrow’:

Single, four-lobed icon in the middle of a reddish-brown field on a 9x12 watercolor block

9″x12″ 140# Hot Pressed Watercolor Block


2 thoughts on “Inspiration Happens

  1. I had a period of artistic abstinence during my 20’s wherein I produced very little work. I feared that after so many years that I wouldn’t be any good anymore, so being my usual determined self I realised that the only way to get over it was to sit with my A3 sketchpad and gel ink pens (the kind my daughter uses at no great expense) and doodle. The objective was to allow my hand to move as freely as possible, covering the page, without worrying about whether I was making a mistake or not by way of training manual muscle memory, and thus eliminating hesitant moves or lines that were too deliberate. Part of the objective was also to train the mind to be as open as possible to free expression by not being prescriptive about what I intended to draw. In fact most times I had no clue what would emerge, I just drew what felt right despite nagging doubts presented by my conscious brain. After months, and indeed the first two years my artistic ability had improved by leaps and bounds, and more importantly my confidence had reached a point where I was comfortable with my tools and artistic mediums. Then I began producing my intuitive portraits in ernest and was amazed at how easily I was able to convey what I saw in my mind’s eye.
    I’m excited for you that you are embarking on your artistic journey Jack, I think it’s such a highly rewarding thing to do. I love the images you are producing.

    Warmest Regards, and a happy Sunday,
    Your friend,

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    • Thank you, M.
      I am indeed finding that thinking mucks things up for me recently. The ‘last rubber image’, for example was a total non-thinking experience. In fact, I started a different drawing months before and, not being one to waste things, dropped the latex goop all over it. I used some of the lines underneath as a partial guide for some of the painting. As for the colours, it seems to be lucky choices. I am really happy that they worked out. I did cogitate a bit between painting episodes.
      Thank you for your kind words. They make me want to keep going.
      Warmest regards, and happy Monday to you,
      your friend,


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